Hourly Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals on the Napa River

Calm water, warm weather, stunning scenery and no crowds. All come standard with every rental, so planning the perfect outing is a breeze. Simply choose an option below ... and we'll see you on the river!

Oxbow Preserve Napa River Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals


Downtown - Oxbow

Perfect for beginners, families and anyone looking for an easy escape on the water.

Explore the renaissance of Downtown Napa and the Oxbow Preserve at your own pace. Stop for a picnic lunch and a swim, or enjoy the San Pablo Bay breeze at Tres Agaves above the Main Street dock.  Along the way spot river otter, cliff swallows, kingfishers and a variety of native birds that inhabit this forested, riparian corridor - a path of least resistance where saltwater wetlands connects with freshwater forest.  

Kennedy Park Napa River Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals



Ideal for families and paddlers looking to connect with the natural environment.

Home to the richest wildlife experience on the Napa River during winter & spring.  Paddle along a restored estuary just a few miles south of downtown to enjoy a rare perspective - where tidal estuary meets the Napa River Valley - including sweeping views of Mt. Veeder, Atlas Peak and Alta Heights/Coombsville AVA.  Paddle up river to Tannery Bend or down river to Horseshoe Slough where you may explore the intricacies of the wetlands - home to otter, spawning ground for striped bass, bald eagle, red-tail hawk, osprey, egrets & great blue herons.  TIP:  Osprey nest is very active this time of year, full of baby chicks just one mile south of the launch ramp

Maiden Voyage-64

Maiden Voyage-67



Guided tour aboard our hand crafted, wooden whale boat.  Harpooning a whale may cost extra!

We offer guided tours of the Napa River aboard traditional wooden whale boats modeled after those that carried early settlers to the Napa Valley from arriving ships in the San Francisco Bay. Paddle round trip into Fagan Slough and enjoy views of Mt. Veeder, Mt. Tam, Mt. Diablo and Atlas Peak embarking from a private boat launch.  Or, ride the tide from the famed Los Carneros wine region to the Oxbow District of downtown Napa, passing through several different wine appellations and ecological zones visible in the nearby hills.

Perfect for small groups who want to paddle in one boat together or leave the paddling to your guide.

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2-hour minimum rental. $89/half day  $109/full day  *add $10 for Tandem






How do you want to paddle?

Kayak or paddleboard? Single or double? Dogs or kids? Whatever your needs and paddling preference, we've got you covered with premium equipment from brands we love. 


Inflatable Paddleboards

No oversized pool toys here. Only premium inflatables from POP Paddle Co, Kahuna and Red Paddle Co that offer a smooth, stable ride.


Rigid Paddleboards

Try our standard "surf style" cruiser from POP and Glide or upgrade to a displacement hull board.


Single Kayaks

Our premium sit-atop kayaks offer comfort and stability perfect for flat water paddling. 


Tandem (Double) Kayaks

Ride in comfort with 2 adults and a child on a premium sit-atop kayak from Vibe or Crescent.


Fishing Kayaks & Boards

Our fishing fleet includes the full lineup from Vibe: Cubera 120, Shearwater 125 & Yellowfin tandem fishing kayaks – all fully-outfitted with rod holders, bungee straps, paddle seating and dry wells.


Monster Paddleboard!

The Sol Fiesta is a massive 4-person board and holds 4 adults + 2 kids or 6 kids comfortably. Great for one-way or round-trip paddles. And yes, it's as fun as it looks!

The Bay Area's best kept secret.

There's no better place to enjoy an amazing day on the water.



The perfect spot for beginners, kids and anyone looking for effortless outdoor fun.



Calm, clean water and lots of it. Leave rough currents, heavy boat traffic and fog behind.



Surround yourself with wildlife, not wild crowds. You'll have the river all to yourself.


Words cannot explain how amazing the Napa Valley Paddle experience was ... perfect for everyone to enjoy. We will be back to try paddleboarding!


A lovely way to spend a couple of hours. We paddled past downtown and saw lots of birds. Service was friendly & efficient and we felt well taken care of! Can’t wait to go again with our kids.


Paddleboarding with NVP is so easy! You just show up and everything is ready for you to just get on the water and start paddling!

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Justin A.
San Francisco, CA
Anne A.
St. Helena, CA
Jen K.
Marin County, CA


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Enjoy a perfect day on the Napa River!